Getting A Divorce?

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You Live In PA And You’ve Decided To Get A Divorce… Now What?

Divorce can often be an exhausting and frustrating process. Understanding the divorce process
from beginning to end will help you prepare for the steps ahead. The Shelton Law firm divorce attorneys in Lancaster, PA know exactly what you’re going through and want to take as much difficulty as possible out of the process. 

Although you may opt to represent yourself for a simple mutual divorce (many people start with this plans and things in the divorce quickly go south), you really should consider retaining a divorce lawyer that specializes in all areas of family law.

The Shelton Firm offers insight and expertise in dealing with complicated divorce and child custody matters. We ensure that each party receives his or her fair share of the marital assets. 

Retaining a lawyer is often best to ensure that you are aware of every stage of your divorce and that the procedural requirements and deadlines are adequately handled. The more informed you are with what to expect during the divorce proceedings, the more confident you will be in your decisions.

The divorce attorneys at The Shelton Firm have the knowledge that will equip you with the tools necessary to assert your rights and work towards resolutions that you prefer and meet your needs. We strive to help you understand the dissolution of marriage process which will also help you reduce anxiety about the unknown.

 

How Can We Help?

The Shelton Firm can help you determine what type of divorce filing is best for you. There are a few different ways to end a marriage – such as an annulment or legal separation – but the most common way is through a divorce. Since the divorce process varies from state to state we’ll help you understand what the grounds for your divorce should be and guide you through the correct proceedings. Depending on the circumstances it can be either be complicated and lengthy or quick and relatively easy. In Pennsylvania, as in most other states, there are specific procedures that must be followed in the divorce process. Contact us today to help you get started with your filing.

Grounds For Divorce

There are a few different ways to end a marriage – such as an annulment or legal separation – but
the most common way is through a divorce. The divorce process can vary from state to state and,
depending on the circumstances, can be either be complicated and lengthy or quick and relatively
easy. In Pennsylvania, as in most other states, there are specific procedures that must be followed
in the divorce process. Pennsylvania allows for grounds for divorce, which can be broken down into Fault and No-Fault
categories. Your divorce attorney will be able to walk you through filing and on what grounds.

What About Child Custody?

Pennsylvania has child custody laws which address the determination of child custody, visitation, child support, and many other family law issues.
In awarding child custody, Pennsylvania courts consider a number of factors that may affect the child’s physical, mental, emotional, and developmental well-being. At The Shelton Firm we take child custody very seriously and your family law attorney will be able to guide you through the entire process and will work with you to achieve the best possible result.

In filing for custody, you should bring any important papers and information such as:

  • previous custody orders
  • protection from abuse orders
  • the opposing party’s address
  • and social security numbers for all parties

In many Pennsylvania counties, you must complete your own petition, according to the rules of your county court, and take it to court. At The Shelton firm, our family law attorneys will help you every step of the way. The new Pennsylvania custody law provides help when you believe the other party is facing a criminal charge. In this case, you may file an Expedited Petition and the court must schedule your hearing as soon as possible. After you file for custody you will be given a court date for a hearing.